Whilst some magazine editors may have already been jetting off to Milan, for many a man, London Fashion Week was only just beginning as the wait for Menswear day was finally over. With a whole host of Menswear design talent on the schedule, from J.W Anderson to James Long and Carolyn Massey, the final day of London Fashion Week was sure to be an inspiring, if not slightly hectic, one.
The first three shows may have been done and dusted but Menswear Day was by no means over as we finished the day with J.W. Anderson, James Long and Kokon to Zai.
James Long was the first to show, building on his widely acclaimed success from last season and exhibiting a bright a youthful collection, proving he definitely deserves the title of one of London’s best new menswear designers.
Paint splatters were easily the most identifiable aspect of the collection, seen on everything from tops to trousers and jumpers. However, this element of playfulness refrained from giving the collection a worn and rugged feel, as you may be inclined to assume. In actuality, the bright and vivid splatters gave the collection a sense of light hearted, fresh optimism. Paint brushes aside, knitwear was another key element which featured heavily throughout the collection, often found at opposite ends of the spectrum, either tightly knit and even or loosely knit, to the point of transparency, and created from a variety of thickness’s. However, the consistent factor between the two was the colour palette from which they drew, again light and playful.
A continuation from last season’s trend, trousers and shorts were again found rolled up above the ankle and knee. Meanwhile, outerwear came in the form of leather biker jackets with contrasting patches and neutral trench coats with paint splattered lining.
Footwear consisted of worn in leather boots teamed with natural coloured socks whilst accessories were minimal bar the occasional pair of retro sunglasses and a few matching paint splattered bags. If you’re feeling like some self indulgence is in order (let’s face it, when isn’t it?) then get your credit card ready and head straight over to ASOS where a small selection of pieces are still available. Trust me; it’s worth the overdrawn charge!
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Our final show of the day was edgy London label Kokon to Zai, designed by Marjan Pejoski and Sasko Bezovski. Despite presenting a very regal collection, Kokon to Zai was certainly more Shoreditch House than Buckingham Palace.
With royal prints, crowns and medals in abundance, watching the Kokon to Zai collection was not unlike visiting a medieval village. With a monochrome and golden palette, the collection gave a modern twist to an age old style. Shirts and causal, single breasted suits, which often featured metallic stripes down one side, were cinched in at the waist with sequinned belts. Furthermore, metallics were also seen on shorts, t-shirts and belt buckles.
Accessories, aside from the aforementioned belts, included a host of golden crowns, again adding to the regal feel of the collection. In addition, models also walked the catwalks adorned with a variety of rings and medals, all intricately detailed and adorned with jewels. Meanwhile, footwear came in the form of patterned leather sandals.
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With Menswear day, and thus London Fashion Week, over, I left Somerset House with a bag full of products, arms full of press releases and a head full of inspiration. If one thing was for certain, it’s that Spring/Summer 2011 will definitely be a season to look forward to.